Declare Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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Tim Powers is a brilliant writer. Declare's occult subtext for the deeper Cold War is wonderfully original and brilliantly executed --William Gibson
Dazzling - a tour de force, a brillant blend of John Le Carre spy fiction with the otherworldly, packed with historical fact, dazzling flights of imagination, and wonderful suspense --Dean Koontz
Philip K. Dick felt that one day Tim Powers would be one of our greatest fantasy writers. Phil was right --Roger Zelazny
About the Author
Tim Powers is a two-time winner of both the World Fantasy and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Awards and three-time Locus Award recipient. He lives in San Bernardino, California.
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Declare carefully takes as many true events as it can, inserting Andrew Hale and the mysterious forces he faces into the unexplained spaces between official accounts. A central figure is Kim Philby, real-life KGB double agent who worked for MI6 for 20 years before exposure. Powers also gives us real-life Soviet spy rings in Paris, machinations in Arabia, and post-war Berlin. He never leans too heavily on his intensive research, and it just flows and merges beautifully. Without Wikipedia you'd never be able to tell what is real and what is imagination. Hale is a character in the tradition of John Le Carre - insecure, frightened, and very human. The book depends totally on the reader engaging with him, and thankfully he is one of Powers' best characters.
Powers has never had the success he deserves, and Declare is a perfect example of why he should, but never will. It could have been a blockbuster-style spy novel with pulp monsters and sold well with a cheesy cover, but instead he crafts a Le Carre tale of tradecraft with enigmatic and subtly terrifying mystical forces.Read more ›
For me the best writers are the ones who mix it up: who wants 'a' horror novel, or 'a' science fiction novel, or 'a' crime novel? Nah, let's just throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and see what comes out. And some of the results in recent years have been fantastic, from Neal Stephenson's 'Baroque Cycle' (a HUGE historial fantasy/alternate history grand slam) to Charles Stross's giddy 'Laundry files' (a supernatural detective science fiction series). People like Dan Simmons and Joe R. Lansdale and China Mieville -
- and Tim Powers. This is the guy whose late-'80s novel, 'On Stranger Tides', has been optioned by Disney as the title and story inspiration for the fourth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie - featuring the fountain of youth and zombies!Read more ›
I was delighted by a robust love story in a spy novel and really enjoyed the excellent recreation of the various milieux. However, I am an English pedant, and I wish Mr Powers had had an English friend proof read the novel for him. To have a quintessential upper class Englishman like Kim Philby say "in back" instead of "at the back", or refer to the "draft" when English people call it "conscription" is slack, and a let down when other things seem so accurate.
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A big fan of Charles Stross Laundry series, I had to read Declare given the mention is has in the Author's Notes in The Atrocity Archives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting clash of the fantasy and spy genres: sort of Le Carre meets Neil Stephenson, with a bit of Neil Gaiman. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dad to 2 wee nippers
I like long books where the plot and characters are slowly developed and fully rounded out but this is taking the mick! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nigel Short
A truly original combination of the supernatural and superpower spy-vs-spy stuff, quite well executed.Published 12 months ago by Teemu Leisti
A bit variable over the last decade, but this takes us back to familiar big topics and zings along. Comparable to The Anubis Gates for richness and reach. Read it!Published 17 months ago by Mr P Lewis
An interesting mix of old fashioned religious horror, cold war action and paranoid spy thriller. A pacey narrative covering 40 years or so from the 1920s to the 1960s blends John... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ed.F
Takes a while to get going - the first half/two thirds of the book is very much a Le Carre-style spy thriller with a lot of procedural detail and historical background - but once... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by ivoconk
Loved the detail & the various periods covered.
There is a great ominous bulid-up to "what's really going on" - but the supernatural elements themselves are a... Read more